Born 1948 in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. He lives and works in Tashkent.
Akhunov is an artist, writer and philosopher. His practice is comprised of collage, painting, installation, performance and moving image, as well as numerous essays and novels. Since 2000 Akhunov has been investigating the possibilities of new media, especially video. From the peripheral position of an artist who lives in Tashkent, his artistic production is connected to the experience of 1970s Moscow Conceptualism. He uses the typical iconography of the Socialist propaganda of the Soviet period, subverting the then dominant ideology through the manipulation of propagandistic images. His work tackles the ironies of perceived cultural marginality as well as the power of difference.
Notable recent exhibitions include 2nd Yinchuan Biennale (2018), Quand Fondra la Neige où Ira le Blanc at the Palazzo Fortuny in Venice (2016), BALAGAN!!! in Berlin (2015), 5th Moscow Biennale (2013), Central Asia Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2013, 2007, 2005), 1st Kyiv Biennale (2012), Documenta (13), Kassel (2011), Ostalgia at the New Museum in New York (2011), Time of the Storytellers at KIASMA in Helsinki (2007), La Biennale de Montréal (2007) and 1st Singapore Biennale (2006).